Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival to Showcase Youth Talent

MAGGIE MILLIAN ’18
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
This Saturday, Apr. 23, marks the fourth annual Real Youth Hartford Film Festival held in Trinity’s own Cinestudio. The festival will include original short films submitted by middle and high school students from the greater Hartford area. RYHFF is a red carpet event that allows students to see the results of all their hard work on the big screen in Cinestudio.
The festival encourages students in Hartford to tell their own creative stories through film. The reception and award ceremony followed the screenings. The prize categories are Grand Jury Prize, Audience Choice Award, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Hartford Awesome Award, and Best Performance. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize will have their film shown at the Trinity Film Festival on May 7th, where undergraduate students submit their films.
One of the main objectives of the festival is for students to show off the city of Hartford. The Hartford Awesome award is given to the film that best depiction of the city of Hartford. Some submissions were made by students at various Boys and Girls Clubs in Hartford. Volunteers help teach each step in the process of filmmaking at the Boys and Girls Clubs. The students learn about movie structure, brainstorming film ideas, screenwriting, production skills, editing, and much more. The take away from the whole experience is not just a film but also a myriad of new and fun skills.
Filmmakers, families, friends, volunteers, Trinity students, and people from the Hartford community are all invited to attend this free event next weekend.
The event kicks off Saturday, April 23 at 5:30pm with film screening beginning at 6pm. Following the Hip-Hop Festival’s incredible pull from the Hartford community, the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival offers another incredible chance to enhance the bond between Trinity College and the Harford community. Previous festival winner’s films are available to watch on the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival’s website.

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